The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland

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Admire The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, a sanctuary spanning several floors with a rock cave carved into the base of a cliff. A life-sized replica of Michelangelo's Pièta sits as a centerpiece in the cave's shrine. Set amidst 25 ha (62 ac) of botanical gardens, the tranquility of the 34 m (110 ft) grotto serves as a place for reflection away from downtown Portland. Visit the large meditation hall that occupies the main chamber, and enjoy impressive views from the cliff top overlooking the Columbia River Valley. Wander through well-groomed parks home to several chapels and statues. You can also explore hundreds of trails through nearby forests. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and many more Portland attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Portland trip maker site .
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  • We went out of our way to stop here. It's a lovely natural area but the Shrine itself is underwhelming and has a strange juju about it. The gift shop and their friendly staff was the best part.  more »
  • Statues throughout the park. Easy walking. Beautiful. If you are catholic its a must see. If you arent its just beautiful here. And its free. A must see.  more »
  • I can spend the entire day here and I have. This is a must stop when I come to Portland. It truly is peaceful. The serenity of the pathways to different cultural stops and the meditation room with flo...  more »

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